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Today I learned from [ profile] martianmooncrab that Anne McCaffrey, one of my favorite SF/Fantasy authors when I was younger, had died. [ profile] martianmooncrab had been a friend of hers for many years, and it was through her that I met Anne at DragonCon some years ago. I am very saddened by her passing, and for MMC's loss. When we lose any person, it is a diminishment of the world, but when we lose a writer, we lose worlds, we lose galaxies, we lose universes of possibility. My altar is lit for her. May she find peace on dragon's wings.

This afternoon I went down to Seattle and spent a little time at the Occupy Seattle encampment at the Sanctuary tent, talking for a bit with Norm, a Quaker, who was holding some space there and meditating. We talked a little about my doing some service there, and I also spoke with Stian, who's been involved with the occupation from the beginning, as he was on site. [ profile] sebastian_lvx had just left, as he was cold and wet and his cold was being aggravated by that, so I missed him by not too long. About 6:30 there was a short candlelight vigil for the people who died at Tahrir Square in Cairo over the past four days -- at least 31 dead and over 600 wounded as the Egyptian people demand an end to military rule after the ousting of Hosni Mubarak earlier this year.

After leaving the encampment, we went over to the Northwest Film Forum to see Dean Haglund's new documentary The Truth is Out There. It was, by turns, hilarious, thoughtful, and deeply disturbing in a "some of these people need serious medication" kind of way. Dean and his producing partner, Phil Lierness, were on hand to chat and answer questions after the film. I got a chance to, briefly, say hi to them both and talk with Dean for a few minutes. [ profile] gra_is_stor had agreed to come with me to the movie, and I think we were both pretty well entertained.

Tomorrow I'll be roasting the turkey breast for Thursday, and may try to spend some time at Occupy Everett, as they're having a fairly important meeting from about 4:30 to 7pm tomorrow afternoon. We'll see what happens.
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I woke still quite tired this morning and ended up getting caught up in a twitter chat about writing until about 1:30 this afternoon, so I didn't make it out to Seattle for the play, but that was okay, because I actually really enjoyed talking with the other writers about why we write and how we do it.

I've been having some problems with TweetDeck, though, with the program freezing randomly, for the past several days. It was suggested that I uninstall and reinstall, which I did, and that seems to have helped. I'm hoping it won't freeze again; I had to restart at least seven times today, which I find immensely annoying. I started having Safari crashes in the past few weeks as well, and switched over to Chrome for my browser; I haven't had a crash since. I have no idea what's been going on with my computer. It's not acting like it's contracted a virus, at least as far as I can tell.

I was asked this week if Hex Magazine could reprint several of my online articles. I made a few inquiries to make sure they were on the proper side of the Force and was satisfied with the responses I got, so I sent them an email allowing them to do so. They'll be sending me copies of the issues my articles appear in. I think they wanted two or three of them, so that's a total of at least five things I've got coming out in print this year without ever having written something new in 2011 as yet. This never quite ceases to amaze me.

The weather warmed up appreciably today. Instead of snow, we had drizzle all day. I found that vastly preferable to yesterday's events.

The other thing I did today was watch a documentary series from the mid-70s called "Altars of the World," which was a misnomer. It was a summary of a number of world religions; it covered several more than I would have expected for a 70s documentary. Needless to say, the largest amount of time was dedicated to Christianity, but it did spend considerable time on Buddhism and also included a few surprising things, like Zoroastrianism, Shinto, and Jainism, given their relatively small populations globally. There were the inevitable monotheistic/monist biases but, again, it was made in the 70s by an obviously at least nominally Christian culture. There was an earnest male narrator, no indigenous or Native religions were addressed at all except to call them "idolatry" (of course), and Pagans who happened to be in the areas eventually conquered or assimilated by the various religions discussed were generally referred to as unenlightened savages. It was an interesting series, but ultimately unsatisfying for a variety of reasons.

I would genuinely love to see an examination of world religions from a non-monotheist point of view, either as an in-depth book or as a documentary series. I know it's unlikely, but it really is deeply needed to counter so many of the assumptions we see in the overculture of the west. It would be refreshing and encouraging to see this dealt with from a polytheist and animist viewpoint, as what we do and what we believe are grounded in an entirely different perception of reality. We don't all believe that there is a singular underlying spiritual reality, or that everything is all just part of the same god called by different names, and it would be nice to see that acknowledged now and then. I don't mean this at all in any special snowflake way, but simply as an alternative to the monist Borg collective that dominates spiritual discourse in much of the world, particularly in the west.

I think Michael York made a stab at it, though I will admit I didn't think it was a particularly successful one from my perspective, given that he generally tried to shoehorn all Pagan spiritualities into the same basic model in his Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion, which I reviewed here a few years back. My criticisms were primarily as a reconstructionist not working within the model he described for Neopaganism, but I think they fit into this discourse as well. I'm a little too tired to dive into it at the moment, but I'll just conclude by saying there's an immense amount of work to be done, and it really would be a new and valuable perspective for most people to look at.
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Today I went to a couple of presentations. First up was the Paganism and New Media panel. [ profile] mythworker did a presentation on this last year; this was, I think, more sophisticated and covered a broader territory, as well as bringing in new approaches. The panelists included Thorn Coyle, Star from, a board member from Cherry Hill Seminary, and one of the tech people from Llewellyn, with [ profile] mythworker as the moderator. One of the issues addressed this year was e-publishing, which hadn't really been brought up last year at all that I recall. I noted the issues I'd had with Circle of Stones being in and out of print, and how the print edition goes for ridiculous prices online, while I'm now selling a PDF of the book for the original cover price, yet folks still want hardcopy -- they buy the PDF, but I can completely understand the desire for paper copy.

The second panel I went to today was the presentation "Are Hindus Pagans/Are Pagans Hindus," offered by four Hindu practitioners from a national Hindu association. I thought it was an extremely positive and interesting presentation. Topics addressed included the history of Hinduism in America, spiritual similarities between Hinduism and Paganism (pluralism was the watchword of the panel), common cause between Hindus and the Pagan community regarding American culture and western culture generally, in terms of coerced conversions, activism, political involvement, and civil and human rights, and an examination of how we can work together. Issues of potential cultural appropriation were also addressed; this was seen as a problem if it was a commercial appropriation, but when Pagans approach Hindu deities as sincerely interested parties for spiritual purposes, the panel's attitude was that the deities are big enough to be just fine with being approached by non-Hindus.

There was a good deal to think about in the presentations and I was impressed with the speakers. They seemed very interested in working together with the Pagan communities to strengthen all our positions in resisting oppression by the monotheist majority when it seeks to marginalize or actively destroy our communities. It has not been unusual for poor Hindus in India to be bribed into conversion -- "we'll send your children to a good college, we'll give you medical care, we'll feed you if you convert." Yet this conversion is then taken to an extreme, where the new converts, who are really only going into it to try to make life a little better for their families, are coerced into desecrating not just their own altars at home, but the altars of their families or even their local temples. This sort of thing is completely disgusting, but it's not at all unusual behavior for evangelical Christian missionaries in Asia, India, and Africa. It's not at all unlike what has happened to the Native peoples in North America, where cultures were destroyed, children stolen from their homes, and entire groups of people slaughtered.

I think there's a lot of really good work to be done between the Pagan and Hindu communities in the future. I was absolutely delighted to see a strong Hindu presence here this year and hope that they'll continue coming to meet with us at PCon and under other circumstances, creating strong ties between all our communities as we all struggle for our rights as spiritual and religious minorities in a mostly-monotheist society. We need to dismantle the privilege that Christianity has in the United States; its status should be one of many, not the dominant force in American society. We cannot be equal when one religion is more equal than all the others. It's a continuation of the same aggressive, disrespectful force that allows military chaplains to believe they're simply exercising their freedom of speech when they attempt to force deathbed conversions on non-Christians and atheists. To quote from the Christian Post article, "Birch informed the audience that he would oblige to help them with their faith but would not withhold himself from helping a dying soldier or a soldier with no faith get right with God."

After the panels, I headed up to spend some time with the Sisterhood of Avalon folks, talking with them about some potential ideas for pilgrimage themes and places. It turns out that one of the gals I was talking to is an old friend of [ profile] joyful_storm from Atlanta, and she wandered in while I was talking. One of the ideas I was suggesting was a Sequana pilgrimage, dealing with that Goddess and the shrines and artifacts at the source of the Seine river; since [ profile] joyful_storm had gone to the Seine a couple of years ago to find information about Sequana and had already been to many of the sites, I thought she would have some excellent suggestions for this, and I think both of them are going to talk this over. They're also talking about proposing a Pagan pilgrimage panel for next year's con, which I think would be a fantastic idea.

Eventually, I had to go get ready for the 11pm Bakkhoi Antinoou ritual drama. I got dressed up in the most bling anyone is ever likely to see me in for a very long time, with my brocade silk jacket, one of my shiny silk scarves in iridescent colors, sparkly bracelets, and lots of green silk. It was pretty spiffy, if I may say so myself. The play involved the death of Antinous, and the Otherworld happenings surrounding his deification. We had a ton of fun, and I think the audience did as well. Tomorrow morning at 11am we have the "Antinous is Not Just for Pretty Boys" panel, consisting of several of the mystai of the Ekklesía. It'll include me, [ profile] ogam, [ profile] alfrecht, and [ profile] tristissima talking about the various ways we deal with Antinous, and what the whole thing means to us, considering the general impression of Antinoan cultus is that it's supposedly only for young pretty gay guys. None of us actually fit that particular model, of course. A lot of people ask what Antinous would have to do with them, given that they're not gay men, but most of them would never ask what Brigid would have to do with them if they're not women who are poets, smiths, and healers. I think it's a paradigm issue, really.

And now, to try to get some sleep. It's nearly 3am and I have to be up and about at some ungodsly hour tomorrow.
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I was rather worried about the DoDC+3 today, as he started out the day pretty tired and didn't really want to eat or drink anything. Once I brought his dish to his cage, he did eat about half a bowl (a normal amount) of kibble, so that was good, though I don't think he's had as much to drink as I'd like. He may just have been feeling crappy, but he did turn up his nose at some broth earlier today. Later, though, he drank some but wasn't too keen on plain water. I'm not surprised, given how spoiled he's been getting about his food in recent days, but better that he get something.

Later in the day, though, he showed a little more energy. We went for a somewhat longer walk today than the last couple of days. He's still moving very slowly, but he led me not just up to the usual walk area, but across the parking lot to the smaller area under the cedar trees to check things out. I felt that was a really good sign. I'm still trying to figure out what's okay and what's not enough at this point. He has been sleeping in his crate in the bedroom a lot; I put one of my pillows from the bed in there because he can't actually get up onto it, and he seems to like that a lot. Right now he's up on the couch lazing around. He wanted me to rub his tummy today, which I did (very gently).

Overall, I think he's doing well but I'm slightly concerned about whether or not he's getting enough to drink so I'm going to be trying to encourage a little more liquid intake. Most of this, I'm sure, is just due to the fact that I've never actually had to pay attention to how much he's been drinking before. I put a bowl down for him with a half-gallon jug to keep it full, and when it's empty, I put more water down.

This afternoon I spent some time talking with a woman at the University of Maine as part of a study of women veterans who are members of Veterans for Peace. It was an interesting conversation and she asked about the kinds of activism I've been doing, as well as my time in service and my thoughts about women veterans issues. VFP isn't doing the study themselves, they're not affiliated. The woman who's doing the study is a veteran herself. VFP is, however, interested in women veterans' attitudes and experiences with the organization, apparently in the interests of dealing with issues of recruitment and retention.

I (and apparently an awful lot of other women members) feel that they don't put nearly enough emphasis on women veterans issues. There's almost nothing coming from national about the topic and the local groups that I've seen rarely address this either. If it helps raise some awareness and kickstarts a little action, I'll be very pleased, though.

I gave her the url for the NPR interview I did a couple of years back and will be sending her the warrior rituals our CR group did in the interest of illustrating how some communities deal with these issues. We talked about how different people approach and engage with activism and that that constitutes. There are differences between folks who are willing or able to go out and be arrested at protests and those who are, for various health or other reasons, more able to be activists through writing, public speaking, and financial support of organizations. Both of these approaches are necessary, really.

We also talked a little about activism I've been part of outside of VFP and veterans/DADT issues, including Pagan community organizing, queer community stuff, interfaith work, and AIDS/HIV work. It was a pretty good conversation and, though it was stressful in that I had to talk about things in my past that are very painful to the point where I was quite literally shaking as I typed (we did the interview through IRC), I felt good about having done it. I think that people speaking out about their experiences is important, even if all it does is illustrate that others are not alone.

She also mentioned that she and another woman vet were going to be doing some kind of writing project (presumably an anthology) and was very interested in having me write something for it, but that call for papers will be some months away.
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Today was a trip to the VA for the spirituality group. The room we meet in is kind of scruffy (being the VA this isn't at all unexpected) but was recently decorated for the holidays. With entirely Christmas stuff. For a multi-racial, multi-religious clientele. I didn't say anything about it last week, but I realized toward the end of group today that I was profoundly uncomfortable sitting in this Christian-normative space when at least three people in the group (one of whom is the chaplain, another is the psychiatrist) are non-Christians. Sure, some folks enjoy the holidays, yet it's also a well-known stressor for folks. I brought up the decorations and my discomfort and, not all that surprisingly, many of the other women in the group added their own reactions. Only two of the six women in group today said they actually liked it. More murbling below. )
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From the Reconstructionist Interfaith email list:

Equinox Studies in Contemporary and Historical Paganism
edited by Chas S. Clifton and Nikki Bado-Fralick

The Pagan Studies book series has a new publisher, Equinox Publishing of London, and seeks ms. submissions in the following areas:

• Druids in America (or another non-Witchcraft tradition)

There are scholarly books on American Witches. We are encouraging manuscripts on Non-Wiccan Paganism, e.g., Ásatrú, Celtic Reconstructionism, Hellenic Reconstructionism—as new religious movements and identity creation. What are they and what is it about the American context that facilitates their growth?

• Pagans and Popular Culture

The influence of literature, film, and television on contemporary Paganisms, and vice versa. Such a volume might examine television programs like Buffy or Charmed with their emphasis on the magical empowerment of young women and use literary criticism or film theory to explore the use of images to create, maintain and/or deconstruct meaning

• Paganism and Literary Fantasy

Many modern Pagans cheerfully admit the large extent to which works of fiction have influences their religious practices; in fact, the debt owed by the Church of All Worlds to the science fiction author Robert Heinlein has always been openly acknowledged. H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu is another excellent example of this, with groups dedicated to Cthulhu now springing up on college campuses.

• Campus Pagans

An additional group might focus on campus groups, as they appear to be growing like mushrooms. How are campus Pagans different from young Pagans off-campus? How are they different from Campus Crusade for Christ or other campus groups? How do they survive when seniors members graduate, or do they? How do they accommodate the different forms of Paganism found among our youth. What are their activities and how are they dealt with my campus administrators?

• Sacred Land

This could be a book that would focus on sacred sites from an international perspective. It could cover pilgrimage, and management of “heritage sites” important to contemporary Pagans. A comparison of the way Britain, Malta, Ireland, and the United States could compare and contrast differing methods and the theories behind them

• The Case of the Missing Pentacle

The law and legitimization of religion could be explored through actions such as the recent suit Pagans won against the Veterans Administration over Wiccan veterans’ grave markers).

• Polytheism and Psychology

The post-Jungian and “polytheistic” psychology of James Hillman, Ginette Paris, and others has grown up parallel to contemporary Pagan religion. We seek a ms. that deals with the implications of polytheistic theology on psychology, particularly in its manifestation as the so-called “polytheistic Self.”

• The Pagans and the Indigenous

Scholars in Pagan studies and in Indigenous Traditions are increasingly beginning to examine common concepts and issues. A book is probably a few years away, but we would be happy to discuss ideas.

• Intergenerational Paganism

One of the next foci of quantitative study of contemporary Paganism undoubtedly will be its intergenerational aspect, since it has moved from being a movement of young people to being a multigenerational group of religious traditions.

• Biographies

We are interested in scholarly biographies of significant figures in the contemporary Pagan revival, such as Gerald Gardner

Please feel free to discuss your writing plans with the editors:

Chas S. Clifton
chas.clifton (at) colostate-pueblo (dot) edu
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Tonight [ profile] alfrecht and I will be heading out to the Shinto shrine in Granite Falls. We expect to see some of our friends there, and to get a good dose of happy Kami energy for the coming secular year. The first shrine visit of the year is an important time in the cycle of Shinto worship and, since it's been a little over a year now that I've been visiting the shrine periodically, I've decided to plunk my bucks down for a shrine membership to support the work they're doing out there.

Every visit I've had to the shrine has been enjoyable -- even when I had owie feet from walking over gravel to do misogi (which was enjoyable for being over with more than anything). Barrish Sensei is an admirable man and I don't feel any conflict between being a shrine member and my CR practices. To me, becoming a member of the shrine is an act of interfaith practice in action. It's not enough to talk about different faiths. I think it's important to experience them, as they are, with all their joys and flaws in order to have some understanding of them. I enjoy exploring other religions and spiritualities and some of them feel quite comfortable to me while, I will admit, going to services in Christian churches still leaves me twitching a bit most of the time. This is the product of my early experiences with Christianity and I fully admit that.

While the Pagan community will often talk about Pagan-Christian dialogue, there's a lot less discussion of interfaith dialogue between Paganism and non-Christian religions. Yet we have such an incredible amount in common with other non-monotheistic faiths. There is so much more room for us at that table, where we don't have to first make the effort to educate against prejudices of things like "devil worship". The dialogue with Christianity is important in North American because of the immense influence that Christianity has in our society, but there is so much else that can be done and learned. And that interaction can enrich our own experiences so much. Many of my friends are interested in different kinds of Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism, and examining all of those paths can be very enlightening when discussed in dialogue with western Paganism.

Whatever you're doing tonight, have fun, be safe, and have a wonderful secular New Year! I'll see you tomorrow!
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I was up late last night watching some Lone Gunmen eps with [ profile] alfrecht, who headed out before I got up today to see his dad; it's his dad's birthday. First thing I did was head downtown to Everett to pay a tax bill -- my garage isn't on the one paid with my mortgage, so I have to deal with it separately. It was easier to go down there than to get a money order or fiddle with setting up an electronic payment. The rest of my day here below. )
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Got this off the Community Interfaith Church email list:

HONOR DAY 2008: Honor Day 2008 celebrates the Hoop of the Universe,– Spiritual Leaders, Saturday August 16th at Seattle Center

During the past six month’s NICO (Northwest Interfaith Community Outreach) has been privileged to collaborate with Patricia Anne Davis, a Choctaw-Navajo Healer, Rudy James of United Indigenous Nations, and a number of other leaders and elders in deepening understanding of Native American experiences, practices based on the natural order of life on Earth, and issues surrounding Indian Sovereign rights. Through the NICO sponsored Seeds of Compassion workshop “Indigenous Wisdom:– Awakening and Remembering Compassionate Living” we worked with Patricia, Gene Tagaban, Silversong Belcourt, a Native American artist, and other Native American spiritual leaders. Silversong is the inspiration for “ Honor Day” ( which has designated August 20th as a day for honoring Native American people and traditions, and all of humanity. Silversong and her colleagues will be gifting this year’s ceremony to spiritual leaders of all traditions. NICO is proud to support this event which takes place on Saturday, August 16th at Seattle Center. Please hold the date and plan to join us for a day of ceremony, celebration and honor to the Universe and the realms of spirit which guide and support us.
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So yesterday [ profile] alfrecht and I went down to Seattle so I could do my thing at the interfaith service I'd mentioned. We were met there by [ profile] joyful_storm and had a lovely chat. Unfortunately, we had to cut that off much sooner than I would have liked as I was hoping to meet someone over at Floating Leaves.

Said person hadn't got my message in time as he'd been down with a nasty cold, but at least I didn't leave him waiting. The service had gone on a bit longer than expected. However, I did meet [ profile] yiaya there, who was out playing mah jong. We talked for quite a while and had a lovely time. I'll be seeing her for her birthday dinner on Saturday.

Today I went and succumbed to the madness -- I bought myself an iPhone. Now I have to transfer all my phone numbers from my old phone into this one. This will be much more efficient than the whole thing I had going with the blackberry a couple of years ago. For one thing, it's way less expensive to tack on the data package to the iPhone than it was to have a separate blackberry account. For another, it's not just email available on my phone, it's also maps and web browsing and notes and all more stuff that the blackberry never could do. And it actually talks to my Mac, wonder of wonders.

Unfortunately, I can't seem to get the iPhone to recognize the bluetooth headset I had for the other phone. I'm probably doing something wrong, but I'm not sure what.

In other news, as [ profile] wire_mother noted in a comment to a previous post, my ogam book now has two reviews on it, both five star. One of them is from [ profile] dulcimergoddess -- thank you! I responded to both reviews over on the amazon website. I hope that they'll encourage others to post their thoughts on the book as well.

Tomorrow I'll probably take Garuda in to get looked at. The glove box won't stay closed anymore and while it's not exactly life-threatening, it's a pain in the arse and inconvenient for my passengers. While I'm getting that looked at, he also needs an oil change and to have some bits looked at because one of the dashboard lights flickers on and off when I go over a bump in the road. It's probably something loose, but I'm not even sure where to start looking for something like that, so I'll leave it to the experts.
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A while ago I got invited to participate in an interfaith service coordinated by the Interfaith Community Church of Seattle and the Trinity United Methodist Church that will be held this Sunday.

Warm for Winter )
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[ profile] jb98 came by today to try to replace the keyboard, but couldn't get all the screws out without fear of stripping them, so the keyboard didn't get replaced. I did a reading for her anyway, as she'd come out and spent quite a bit of time trying to fiddle with it, and we had a nice talk anyway. (And JB, this is to remind you to give me details about the free kayaking on Wednesdays on Lake Washington.) After that, we headed down to Seattle to see [ profile] cfpenny at Floating Leaves Teahouse. Finding parking was hideous, but we finally did get to that, and spent a lovely early evening talking about queer issues, activism, women's community, polyamory, abusive/problematic exes, interfaith work, and [ profile] cfpenny's work as a documentarian and how her focus has been shifting and changing since she's been disillusioned with the way the marriage equality folks are trying so hard to focus on the suburban, "normal" queerfolk in some hopeless attempt to get the radical Chrisitian right to accept us.

Honestly, the RCR isn't going to accept us, no matter how suburban and normal people look. The fact is, we're queer. That's against their religion and threatening and they're never going to accept it. So why do the marriage equality people seem to try to push so hard to make us non-threatening to these same people? The other thing we discussed regarding this was the fact that marriage equality, and the Religious Coalition for Equality in particular, is a very Judaeo-Christian issue and coalition. It's primarily that complex of religions that finds our equality and the idea of queerfolk marrying each other so frightening. Despite all the efforts that Pagans have put into such things, most of Paganism has no problem with the idea of marriage equality and most Pagan clergy have been performing same sex and even polyamorous handfastings for years. The marriage equality folks don't want to talk to us -- they want to hear from Judaeo-Christian clergy, and the more mainstream, the better. When I went to one of the formative meetings for the RCE, one of the clergy present was going on about how they had to separate same sex marriage from other issues, because the next thing you know, people would be accusing us of supporting polyamory and 14 year olds getting married.

I said that actually, in some states it's already legal for 14 year olds to get married, and my religion didn't have any problems with polyamory, and I was essentially told to get to the back of the bus. "People can deal with that later." It really drove home to me how frightened these queer but mostly mainstream people are of anything that's even a little bit edgy. This year, the Pride Day committee didn't want the parade to be led by Dykes on Bikes because they're too frightening to the normal folks. Yet it's folks like Dykes on Bikes and drag queens and stone butches (all frightening people to the mainstream) who've been at the forefront of activism for queer rights all along.

I don't like the trends I see for suburbanizing who we are. I find it problematic that Pagan participation in multifaith dialogue and queer activism is dismissed because we might frighten the normals. Get a clue, folks -- they're already scared of us or they wouldn't have a problem with us.

Okay, so that was a bit of a rant, but I really did have a great time this afternoon.
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This from my friend Corinne:

On October 15, 2005, my short film “MARC My Words” will premiere at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival - at the Cinerama (2100 4th Ave, Seattle) at 12:00 pm, as part of the “Local Shorts” program. The 11-minute short documentary profiles the activities and attitudes of the group MARC – the Multifaith Alliance of Reconciling Communities, an association of multifaith GLBT clergy, as well as the growth of the Religious Coalition for Equality, an issues-based coalition of clergy of all stripes and sexualities working for GLBT rights.

Ed Shields, gay ex-priest and one-time president of Dignity Seattle, and Erynn Laurie, bisexual druid priestess and respected pagan author and scholar, discuss the issues GLBT people face when they express their spiritual needs as well as the challenges that all people - gay, straight, bi or trans – face when working across cultural and religious lines. The film contains unique footage of the Marriage Equality Rally in Olympia on February 14, 2005, when hundreds of clergy and supporters (including the Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses) gathered on the steps of the Capitol in support of love and marriage for all. Since the press virtually ignored the rally, this is a rare opportunity for those who were not there to witness the full scope of the event, and for the rest of us to recall the beauty of the experience.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for Local Shorts through Three Dollar Bill Cinema (
I invite anyone and everyone to come and support the work of local queer filmmakers.

While you’re at it, don’t hesitate to check out the rest of the festival. It always has something for everyone.


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